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Washington State’s growth capitalized in Wooden Legacy championship

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross In case you weren’t with us at 2 a.m. EST this morning, the Washington State Cougars further intensified their arrival in Ernie Kent’s fourth year in the Palouse with a 93-86 finish in the championship game over Mountain West contender San Diego State.  Malachi Flynn once again led all scorers Sunday evening with 24 in the championship …

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Battle 4 Atlantis shows Vols’ toughness

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By Ken Cross If the first two weeks of the college basketball season are any indication, the Tennessee Volunteers have been sorely undervalued in evaluations of their potential coming into the.  The Vols picked up withs over Purdue and N.C. State in finishing the Battle 4 Atlantis with a third place finish.  They also fought Villanova to the end of …

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Brunson powers ‘Nova to Battle 4 Atlantis title

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By Ken Cross Trailing Tennessee 46-34 at halftime of the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals on Thursday, Villanova guard Jalen Brunson took it upon himself to personally build a fire and a fervor that spread throughout the other Wildcats and willed them to that 85-76 win and into the finals against Northern Iowa. Friday, he was more methodical in the 64-50 …

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Those defensive Cavaliers

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross From the time Virginia opened a 15-1 lead on Vanderbilt in the opener of the preseason NIT in Barclays Center until the final horn of the 68-42 win, the Cavaliers asserted a defensive dominance that they have been known for in the Tony Bennett era – and then some. “I think it was one of those cases …

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Shockers return to “Wichita basketball” behind steady Kelly

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By Ken Cross Wichita State arrived in Maui and found a Cal Bears team that took the fight to them for over 32 minutes before Wichita State’s talent took over and the Shockers were able to pull out a 92-82 win.  The level that Gregg Marshall’s team play at was not up to speed as it took a 14-2 run …

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LSU developing personality behind freshman Waters

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By Ken Cross LSU is looking once again to be an entity in the SEC and on the national basketball landscape and Monday night’s 77-75 win over Michigan in Maui defined the new era of Tigers basketball in many ways. The Tigers led Michigan for over 30 minutes of the game, but fell behind midway through the second half when …

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Longhorns looking the part in win over Lipscomb

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By Ken Cross Texas comes into the season as a sexy pick in the Big 12 to be a sleeper team that can end up challenging Kansas and West Virginia for Big 12 supremacy as the season unfolds.  Saturday night they handed the Lipscomb Bison an 80-57 loss to improve to 3-0. “Our biggest emphasis for the whole game was …

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Rose, Owls fly into Gildan Charleston Classic finale

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By Ken Cross Temple guard Quinton Rose has the demeanor of a big time player and Friday afternoon he showed that moxy.  When Auburn closed to five and then to three, Rose stepped up in major fashion in the Owls’ 88-74 win over the Tigers in the Charleston Classic semifinal. Rose, a 6-8 sophomore guard from Rochester, N.Y, made three …

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Cold first half hurts Tigers in loss to Owls

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By Ken Cross Auburn struggled from the field in the first half – in fact, the Tigers shot only 24.4 percent, but hung around and maintained a presence before Temple closed on a 24-15 run over the last 7:50 to subdue the Tigers, 88-74 in the Charleston Classic semifinals at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron …

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Pemberton, poise lead Hofstra over Dayton

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By Ken Cross Hofstra sophomore guard Eli Pemberton didn’t mind being a party crasher on Thursday evening in Game 4 of the Charleston Classic.  The lower bowl was filled with excited Dayton Flyers basketball fans, an outstanding pep band led by celebrity of a conductor.  Pemberton’s 27 points and the Pride’s poise in the clutch allowed Hofstra to pull out …